1. Neil Patrick Harris
NPH would be the
first second (thanks Steve!) openly gay Oscar host in history, and he puts on one hell of a Christmastime tap dance in the upcoming Harold and Kumar threequel. So those Best Original Song numbers should be cake.
2. Tina Fey
Tina Fey is probably the most respected woman in comedy these days, and she certainly has experience with live television. Plus she’s Liz Lemon, and everyone knows there ain’t no party like a Lemon Party.
3. Stephen Colbert
It’d be foolish not to have a politically-charged comic handle the show in an election year. Jon Stewart had his shot, and redditors love Colbert. So he’s already got massive Internet support for promos.
4. The Muppets
For one thing, there’s already a Twitter campaign to let the frogs and bears and chickens and things do it.
5. Ricky Gervais
It’s no news flash that the annual broadcast has been playing it safe the past few years, and Gervais proved himself a fearless ball buster at last year’s Golden Globes. Despite some celebs getting their feelers hurt, the Hollywood Foreign Press has invited Mr. Giggles back for 2012. The Oscars should get a piece of him, too.
6. Sarah Silverman
Because she’s classy, subtle, and loved by all.
7. Eddie Murphy
If you watch Raw or Delirious today they hold up pretty well (ignorant homophobia aside), and there are few comedies that are cherished in the quotables department as much as Trading Places and Coming To America. Maybe he’ll deliver some unforgettable one-liners if given the opportunity to perform live. Come on, Eddie. Pick up the mic again.